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handpainted and crafted Mommy, Daddy and Baby Shark jack o lanter

Baby Shark (and Family) Jack o’ Lantern DIY

By Brenda Ponnay

I dare you to make these Halloween jack-o’-lanterns without singing the Baby Shark song. We’ve been singing it for days in our house now. You’re welcome.

handmade Jack o' Lanterns of painted pumpkins to look like Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, and Daddy Shark with lettering saying Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo!

Baby Shark has been around for a few years but we think it’s time to make a Baby Shark jack o’ lantern! Maybe his parents, too!

overhead shot of pumpkin and paint and picture of Baby Shark character and family

Supplies to make Baby Shark and Family Jack O’ Lanterns:

  • Pumpkins in three size (small for baby, medium for mommy and daddy shark)
  • painters tape
  • spray paint in white, yellow, magenta, and blue (always use spraypaint responsibly in a well-ventilated outdoor area.)
  • cardboard (big enough to use as a mask for your pumpkins –see below)
  • 3 pairs of smooth foam balls (we used the 2.4 inch size for mommy and daddy shark and ping pong balls for baby shark)
  • ping pong balls (optional)
  • floral wire (if using ping pong balls) (have a responsible adult handle floral wire and be careful of the sharp ends when inserting into your pumpkin.)
  • toothpicks
  • acrylic paint in white, black and red
  • white craft foam
  • black construction paper
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • pumpkin carving tools (use sharp objects responsibly)
  • skewer

It’s a lot of supplies but well worth the process.

supplies like foam balls, floral wire, scissor, toothpick, and paint to make eyes for Baby Shark jack o' lantern

Now let’s get started!

How to make Baby Shark and Family Jack O’ Lanterns:

diptych with top picture of three pumpkins with lower half covered in blue painters tape and bottom picture of top half of pumpkins painted in each blue, pink and yellow paint

Step 1: Use the painter’s tape and tape off the bottom half of each pumpkin. You’ll want to arc the tape upwards in the middle where your shark’s face is going to be. This taped portion will be the white underbelly of your sharks. (see above)

Step 2: Next paint your pumpkins outside in a well-ventilated area. Then, carefully remove the painter’s tape once the paint is dry. You’ll see painting an organic object, like a pumpkin, is a little tricky. The paint will want to run down the groves of the pumpkin veins and if you are like us you probably won’t get a nice even edge. (see above)  Don’t worry, you are going to paint over that with your white paint.  (see below)

diptych with top picture showing top of pumpkin spray-painted in white and bottom photo showing pumpkin in half pink and half white paint

Step 3: Take your cardboard piece and cut a half-circle out of one side that will fit over your pumpkins like so. This will create an arc mask for painting the white portion of your pumpkins. This method is also not perfect as the spray paint will mist through the divots in the pumpkin veins but it gets the job done. You could just hand paint the whole pumpkin with a paint brush and acrylic paint but we found that spray paint covered more evenly and was worth the extra effort. You can always touch up later after you’ve carved your jack o’ lanterns. (see above)

diptych with top photo of 3 pumpkins each colored with white on the bottom and either blue, pink or yellow on top. second photo is eyes and mouth carved into pumpkin for jack o lantern

Step 4: Next, it’s time to hollow out your pumpkins (the usual way with a hole in the top) and time to carve your shark teeth mouth and holes for eyes. Cut your teeth just below your colored line as you see above. You don’t have to cut eye holes, as you could just poke your foam balls or ping pong balls into the shark pumpkin body but we thought it would be fun if the eyes lit up so we cut holes.

Step 5: To create your eyes, use black paint and create a circle with just a tiny half circle notch not painted on one side. Let those dry.

A handy crafter’s note: washi tape rolls makes for great ball holders while you paint. (see above)

4 photos of ping pong eyes being inserted into yellow and white painted pumpkin to make Baby Shark jack o' lantern

Step 6: Now it’s time to attach your eyeballs to your shark. For the ping pong balls I cut two small notches in the ping ball and inserted a small piece (about 3 inches) of floral wire through the two holes. Then I used that wire to poke into the shark eye holes to secure it. You could just cut a hole that fits the ping pong balls perfectly but that’s tricky and the wire is more secure.

foam ball being inserted as eye in jack o' lantern with pink top and white bottom to make Mommy Shark

For the foam balls just use a toothpick to secure them. Super easy does it.

three photos showing how-to hot-glue black construction paper cut out as eyes to pink pumpkin to craft into Mommy Shark jack o'lantern

Step 7: For Mommy Shark, you can add eyelashes by cutting a strip of jagged black construction paper and gluing the strips to each foam ball. Then bend the eyelashes upwards.

add details to pink and blue pumpkins to transform craft into Mommy and Daddy Shark jack o' lanterns

Step 8: Add more details like… lipstick to Mommy Shark and nose holes to all the Shark jack o’ lanterns… A wooden skewer works well to make small holes.

handpainted pink, blue and yellow pumpkins transformed into Mommy, Daddy and Baby Shark jack io'lanterns

I was going to stop here because they look pretty cute but then wondered if could look even be better with fins! Time to break out the craft foam and spray paint again!

Step 9: Just cut three wedges for each pumpkin and spray paint them the designated colors. Let them dry. (see below)

overhead shot of foam cut into fins and spray-painted pink, yellow and blue

Step 10: Then carefully stick a broken half of a toothpick (the sharp end into the foam) in each fin. (see above)  And then… stick them in your sharks where they go and you have a Family of Sharks Jack o’ Lanterns!

Doo doo doo doo doo doo dooooo!

lit up jack o lanterns in the dark of Baby, Mommy and Daddy Shark with words Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo over it

More Jack O’ Lantern Ideas from Alpha Mom:

1. 3D Snail Jack O’Lantern Pumpkin Carving Tutorial
2. Minecraft Creeper Green Jack O’ Lanterns!
3. Let It Glow! DIY “Frozen”-themed Jack O’Lanterns



About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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